S.E. Nash is a visual artist and food fermentation experimentalist. A fermentation residency with Sandor Katz in 2014 was the initial catalyst to create sculptures that interact with vessels of fermented foods. They/Them/ Their, Nash’s first solo show of fermented food sculptures, took place at Black Ball Projects in Brooklyn, NY in 2016. The sculptures are constructed as environments for vessels of ferments and the living “assistants” remain on display within the sculptures, to be eaten during public events. For Lactobacillus Amongus, Nash’s 2017 solo show at PLUG Projects, they collected Kansas City sourdough starters to display within a series of sculptures. To conclude the show, participants shared their homemade baked goods with the public at a sourdough potluck.
After receiving a 2017 Rocket Grant Research and Development award, Nash has been learning how to garden in order to grow ingredients for a naturally fermented soda fountain called Garden Variety Soda Fountain.
Nash was born in Memphis, TN in 1980. They received an MFA in painting from Yale University in 2005 and a BFA in painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2003. In 2017 Nash was a panel presenter at the inaugural Food, Feminism, and Fermentation conference at McGill University in Montreal. Nash was a Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident from 2016-2108. They are currently the William T. Kemper Visiting Assistant Professor in Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.